When I created all those Advent Calendars ten years ago I used Dreamweaver and the site was static. Community members communicated using Yahoo groups. The interactive nature of Web 2 has changed all of this and now it is possible to comment on the gallery images as they go up. Lori Gloyd has been one of the first out of the starting blocks this year. She remembers one April day, back in 2006, when she stumbled upon Soul Food and recalls how she began blogging. Lori really was one of the invaluable members of the Soul Food community. Her enthusiasm was contagious, he work exemplary and she was always supportive of other community members. Do take the time to check out Pelican’s Perch, the site which she created during those heady Soul Food days.
There will be lots of activities provided. Obviously not everything will appeal. However, I would love to see folk engaging here and posting any feedback on this site as well as on Facebook.
Back in the day, when I ran the Soul Food Cafe, come December, everyone eagerly anticipated the launching of a new Advent Calendar. I launched the first, Made in Australia, calendar in December 2004. From 2004 to 2010 I launched a number of features that showcased the work of artists who inhabited the cafe and offered activities for those who came to visit each day. You will find these scattered throughout Soul Food.
After being thrown some curve balls I walked away from my life, moved out to regional Victoria, resettled and began to reinvent myself. The internet has transformed since those early days and the virtual world I explored seventeen years ago is now heavily populated. While I have no desire to be noticed in the vast crowd I have kept my hand in. I run web publishing courses in my local community and enjoy seeing the sites people make.
While Waiting for Godot is the special place I come to when I am not working on essays for my Masters of Social Work (Qualifying). The university year is over and it is December tomorrow. I have decided to experiment and try setting up a simplified Advent Calendar using blogging technology. My original ones did not enable comments. I used Dreamweaver to make them.
This 2017, While Waiting for Godot Calendar is meant to be a bit of fun. Each day a new image will appear in a gallery. The caption will include links to activities, designed to amuse me while I wait for Godot and decide what I will do next. Enjoy!
“It perhaps comes down to us locating ourselves in an inconceivably vast universe on one hand, and in our own complicated lives as well.” Katherine Harmon
Cartography, or mapmaking, has been an integral part of the human history for thousands of years. From cave paintings to ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia, through the Age of Exploration, and on into the 21st century, people have created and used maps as essential tools to help them define, explain, and navigate their way through the world.
Drawn in England in about 1290 Mappa Mundi (“map of the world”) is the only complete wall map of Earth to have survived from the Middle Ages.
The world is depicted as round and flat. It’s populated with such diverse creatures as Adam and Eve, Noah and his beasts, Emperor Caesar Augustus, a man riding a very unrealistic crocodile, and an imaginary being called a Sciapod who shelters himself from the burning sun with one huge foot. Mythological beasts jostle for space. The 12 winds are named and represented by dragons and grotesque squatting figures.
East, not north, is at the map’s top. Jerusalem is the center of the world. Countries and oceans are squeezed and stretched to fit into the map’s circle. Short descriptions offer such wisdom as, “Here are strong and fierce camels. (From A Medieval Look at Time and Place)
Fast forward to the twenty first century and Katherine Harmon took an inventive approach to mapping. Her book, You Are Here highlights that maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver’s Island to Gilligan’s Island. There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker.
Jesse, an 8 year old Pomeranian X is certainly up for the challenge. This photo was taken at a parkland area in Evatt ACT. A beautiful area with lots of trees, grass, birds and a creek, it is a place Jesse and her human companion regularly walk.